Korean car manufacturer Hyundai expect to return to the World Rally Championship full-time by 2014
Last Updated: 27/09/12 11:28am
The thrills and spills of the WRC - Hyundai are on the way back
Hyundai expect to be back in the World Rally Championship on a full-time basis by the start of the 2014 season.
The Korean car manufacturer has been out of motorsport in general since 2003 but unveiled a rally-ready version of their new i20 marque at the Paris Motor Show.
They are yet to reveal the specifics of their return but it is expected to occur at some point next season on a limited basis.
Hyundai initially competed in rallying in 1998 in the F2 class of the WRC for two seasons, before a four-year stint in the top class with a car based on the three-door Accent.
A Hyundai statement read: "Following its withdrawal from motorsport in 2003, Hyundai's long-term goal was to set up an in-house WRC team in Europe and develop a performance rally car, resulting in the WRC i20's debut in Paris."
Mark Hall, marketing director at Hyundai Motor Europe, added: "The World Rally Championship is recognised as one of the most dramatic sporting series on earth.
"It's a spectacle filled with excitement and dynamism - the perfect embodiment of the Hyundai brand.
"The WRC also offers the most technologically-diverse challenge for an automotive manufacturer. Our participation will demonstrate Hyundai's engineering excellence and durability, and will also help to enhance our passenger vehicles in future."